Lot 40 | Auction XXI

LOT 40

Tajuddin Ismail, Dato’
B. N. Sembilan, 1949

Interior With Cane Chair

Inscribed and signed “124/150 Interior with Cane chair Taj”in pencil with seal of the artist on the bottom

Print on paper

33 x 33 cm            

Interior With Red Painting

Inscribed and signed “126/150 Interior with Red painting Taj” in pencil with seal of the artist on the bottom

Print on paper

33 x 33 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 600 – RM 1,800

As an artist trained in Interior Architecture, Tajuddin Ismail certainly knows what difference the balance between form, colour and space will make to a masterpiece.

Tajuddin’s works are systematically executed, with precision and absolute care for neatness. Using heavy blocks of cool colours, a space peeking into the veranda is illustrated in one of these paintings, as a vase bedecked with warm colours sits atop a glass coffee table.

There is an ideal contrast colours in this piece, as well as the arrangement of form and lines, making this one of the magnum opuses right off his Interior Still Life series.

The focus of the second piece lies on the right side, where a large red painting rests against the wall. The first piece, focusing solely on the interior design of a room, is directed at a cane chair, which rests heavily on the bottom of the artwork. Systematically and aesthetically arranged, this piece is beautiful in its simplicity.

A former student of UiTM, Tajuddin Ismail studied Graphic Design at the Art Centre College of Design in Los Angeles in 1974 before venturing into Interior Architecture at the Pratt Insitute in New York. He is the recipient for various awards such as the 1977’s National Drawing Competition, the Major Award, the Minor Award, 1978’s National Graphic Arts and the 1979’s Salon Malaysia Award. Currently, he is Sunway University’s Fine Arts department’s Assistant Professor and Academic Advisor.